Sermon Recap: March 22, 2020

Hosea 6:1 - Come, let us return to the Lord.

1.  Come...

Isaiah 55:1-2 Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!
Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all who labor, and I will give you rest.
Mark 10:14 – Let the children come to me, do not

What obstacles prevent us from Coming to him?
  • Prostituting ourselves - put (oneself or one's talents) to an unworthy or corrupt use or purpose for the sake of personal gain
  • Self Reliance – separation between natural and supernatural world
  • “pull oneself up by one's bootstraps”
  • recover from a setback without any outside help; to succeed only by one's own efforts or abilities.
  •  our culture has completely separated the natural from the super natural.
  • Idolism of Security – control…  we are not in control, but God is.
  • Wealth
  • Pursuit of stuff
  • Pursuit of love, affirmation
  • Distractions – tyranny of the urgent
  • Over Commitment – if you don’t have time to be quiet before the Lord, there is a problem

Practical Steps –
Change your thinking reset your priorities
Slow down
Talk to the Lord
Pick up the phone and call someone
Open your Bible and start reading, listening, learning

2.  Let us
Hosea, God, is calling for a communal response.  It’s personal, but it’s done in the context of others.  
Spoken within a community – urge one another
The passages that calls us to come, are plural in nature.  It’s we.
Don’t go alone

3.  Return to the Lord
Consider the Prodigal Son.
Break up your “fallow” ground, it is time to seek the Lord.
You may have been faithless.  Adulterous.  But God’s faithfulness, his call is constant, unwavering, unstoppable, even eternal.

Romans 10:9  - If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe  
Psalm 95:6 – Come, now is the time to worship.  Come.

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Rob Thompson